Hormonal Factors in Erection Problems

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Hormonal Factors in Erection Problems

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Hormonal factors may play a role in erection problems (erectile dysfunction). Men who produce low levels of the hormone testosterone (a condition known as hypogonadism) may have decreased sexual desire. A blood test is usually done if your doctor suspects this problem. But few men with erection problems have low testosterone production.

Producing high levels of the hormone prolactin (hyperprolactemia) also may be a factor. High levels of prolactin interfere with testosterone production, resulting in a form of hypogonadism.

Medicines are available to treat low testosterone production and excess prolactin production.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
Last Revised July 13, 2010

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